► The pro: Cindy Livesey, founder of livingrichwithcoupons.com
How she helps: The section on Cindy’s website called Couponing for a Cause includes a list of local food banks and shelters and encourages readers to continually donate from their stockpile.
Her tip: “Go on the charity’s website or call to check its hours. Some places are open for donations only one or two days a week during a certain time period.”
► The pro: Laura Oliver, founder of afrugalchick.com
How she helps: On Laura’s site, under “Give Freely,” she lists items that are free (or almost free) at grocery stores to motivate readers to donate.
Her tip: “E-mail companies that run coupons in the local newspaper. Ask them to donate coupons so you can shop for the needy. The companies are likely to do so because the items will be put to good use.”
► The pro: Stephanie Nelson, founder of couponmom.com
How she helps: Stephanie runs her site’s Cut Out Hunger program, which encourages her readers to be generous.
Her tip: “When buying for charity, get the most for your money. A bag of flavored rice mix is $2 and makes four servings, but a 16-ounce bag of uncooked rice costs 70 cents at Walmart. With 16 servings instead of 4, you get more food for less.
► The pro: Kasey Trenum, co-founder of time2saveworkshops.com
How she helps: The Time 2 Give section of Kasey’s site chronicles giving opportunities and lists free or cheap items.
Her tip: “Make donating a part of your weekly life—not just on Thanksgiving or Christmas. For example, if crackers are on sale for 30 cents this week, go ahead and purchase them, then find an after-school program that could use them.”